Malady & Wooten Inc.
Prior to starting Malady & Wooten lobbying firm with Rick Wooten in 1999, Malady had years of experience as a managing partner in one of the nation’s largest government relations firms, his online bio said. He has represented clients on issues from health care, social services, economic development and the environment to retailing, licensing, entertainment and transportation.
“I have always been fascinated by politics,” Malady said of his choice to pursue lobbying. “My father served as mayor … and in the Pa. House of Representatives.” After college, he worked for Lt. Gov. Ernie Kline, “who embodied the ideals of public service and positive impact government can have on people’s lives. That experience validated my love of politics and reinforced my focus of working in this arena.”
Over the last two decades, he said, it has become harder to find the consensus to compromise on an issue and reach 51% of the vote. “I was trained to understand that in politics, there is always more than one right answer. … The change that I have seen occur … is that the number of right answers has increased, seemingly by a factor of 10.”
Malady’s mother was his most important mentor. “Though my father significantly influenced my professional career … my mother lived a life of trying her best to treat folks the way you would like to be treated. I am not nearly as good … in practicing that virtue, but that is always the goal I strived to achieve.”